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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is ‘a very professional firm’ that is ‘experienced and highly regarded’ and which ‘has an edge over many other specialist firms’. Practice head Rankeshwar Batta and associate Ann Houghton are ‘solicitors of outstanding ability – the best of the best’, according to clients. Batta and Houghton recently represented a client in a high-value road traffic accident claim; other recent work includes representing the mother and litigation friend of a disabled claimant who sustained partial and serious burns while under the care of a residential home, and a novel case pertaining to foreseeable psychiatric damages with regards to stress at work. It also acts for clients in traffic accident claims. Also recommended are senior associate Sarah Huntbach, who is ‘always available for advice and help’, solicitor Victoria Fullilove, and senior associate Charlotte Measures.

Irwin Mitchell is ‘the clear market leader’, according to one client. The Birmingham office has dedicated specialists covering serious injury, child abuse, workplace illness, industrial disease, public health, and international travel injuries. Clive Garner leads the team, which clients rate for its ‘extremely good strength in depth that few others match’. He is representing the families of 20 Britons killed in a terrorist attack in Tunisia as well as numerous injured individuals, and is acting for several claimants with regards to their claims following the sinking of the Costa Concordia in 2012. Amandeep Dhillon leads the travel injury team and is currently advising a group of 300 claimants alleging they sustained an illness during a visit to Exeter, while serious injury head Stephen Nye assists clients with severe road traffic injury claims. Stuart Henderson, Hilary Wetherell, Philip Banks, Alida Coates and Luke Daniels, who heads the firm’s child abuse practice, are also recommended.

Other West Midlands firms are eons behindLanyon Bowdler, according to one client. The ‘excellentNeil Lorimer heads the practice and ‘has excellent knowledge of personal injury, particularly brain injuries’. The practice handles a large volume of high-value and complex road traffic accidents, and has specialist expertise in brain injury. It also works closely with the firm’s Court of Protection team. Associate Dawn Humphries ‘is a lawyer clients can trust’ and works alongside the ‘very friendly and clear’ Louise Howard in the Shrewsbury office. Recent work includes acting for a client who sustained life-altering injuries after being deliberately thrown from a moving car, and acting for an individual who developed psychological injuries in a claim against a government authority as his employer and provider of medical services. Associates Claire Vale, who specialises in multi-track injury cases, and Telford regional team manager Debbie Humphries are also recommended. Gayle Kinsey retired from the firm.

Key figures at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP incluyde Wolverhampton-based clinical negligence department head Tim Gray and Susan Todhunter, who leads the firm’s multi-track team and handles complex, high-value catastrophic injury claims. Other key names include associates Adam Wilson, who joined the firm in 2016, and Gurvinder Bhati, who leads the employers’ liability team and has substantial experience in handling CRPS cases.

Higgs & Sons’s personal injury team ‘is a real player in the West Midlands market and nationally’. Ian Shovlin leads the team, which includes Andy Shaw, who is ‘an excellent operator with a very impressive pedigree in brain injury litigation’; ‘he sets himself apart through his unrelenting focus on the client’. Shaw recently advised on high-value road traffic accidents involving severe brain injuries, and acted for a client who suffered an accident at work which inflicted a life-altering disability. The firm is representing a young adult with regards to financial compensation following the death of her father upon whom she was financially dependent. Associate Steve Santy is ‘very seasoned, sensible, and pragmatic; clients easily relate to him’.

Slater and Gordon’s personal injury practice in Birmingham handles catastrophic injury cases and attracts praise for ‘maintaining a professional composure at all times’. Clients of Richard Langton feel ‘he will bring everything to a favourable end and always inspires confidence through his warm and heartfelt manner’. Recent work includes acting in a highly-publicised criminal claim pertaining to the paralysis of two young girls by the defendant’s dangerous driving, and representing the family of a deceased schoolgirl who lost her life in a speedboat accident. The practice also handled several serious accidents at work – including one fatality – and an intentional hit-and-run matter. Solicitor Jayne Campbell assists Langton with serious injury claims arising from road traffic and accidents abroad.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts in injury claims pertaining mainly to industrial disease, accidents in the workplace and road traffic accidents, where Tony Hannington specialises in brain and fatal injuries. Nyah Giles handles compensation claims.

Sydney Mitchell LLP acts for local clients on a wide range of personal injury work – much of which consists of multi-track claims – and ‘has a strong reputation in the West Midlands’. Team leader and ‘very tenacious lawyer’ Mike Sutton ‘does not shy away from difficult, complicated or messy cases’; he recently represented a man who suffered career-ending injuries following an accident at work, and acted on behalf of the family and financial dependents of a man killed by careless driving. Other key names include Stephen Jesson, who assisted an elderly client in her claim against a restaurant which allegedly failed to provide the duty owed by the manager to a disabled customer.

The Leamington Spa team at Alsters Kelley LLP handles catastrophic physical and psychiatric injury claims under the leadership of Tony Hall. Senior solicitor Haidee Vedy acted alongside Hall for an individual with mild learning difficulties who fell out of a moving vehicle on a busy motorway during a seizure, arguing that liability rested with the taxi driver for not locking the doors and requesting the use of a seatbelt. Other work included acting for a claimant with regards to repetitive strain and stress in the workplace, and representing a blind client who sustained serious injuries and deep vein thrombosis following a trip in the workplace.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s personal injury team has a specialist expertise in handling cases involving traumatic brain injuries. In Birmingham, Philip Edwards acted for a claimant who had sustained severe brain injuries following a road traffic accident in a High Court trial pertaining to future care arrangements, and successfully settled a claim for a man knocked off his motorbike by a reckless driver resulting in serious fractures and psychological trauma. The practice also handles three separate fatal claims which required criminal trials and for which the firm is handling the full inquest.

DBS Law Limited’s personal injury department is comprised of 24 fee-earners and is led by operations director Vicky Blodwell, who recently assisted a motor car servicer with his claim following an accident at his workplace where he was crushed by a car he was in the process of servicing. The practice is equipped to handle all aspects of personal injury work, including asbestos-related disease, fatal accidents, amputations, brain and spinal cord injuries, and employers’ and public liability investigations. Recent work includes handling several hit-and-run incidents, and acting on behalf of a self-employed man working as a contractor who lost his hand while using an operational saw; despite admitting to contributory negligence, the claimant was awarded £85,000 in damages. The team also successfully proved the employer’s liability in a case where a construction worker was critically injured at the workplace, resulting in £200,000 in damages.

GHP Legalis an excellent firm with a great crew’ and attracts praise for its ability to handle ‘the full gamut of cases ranging from those of the utmost severity to the more modest, in the most competent manner’. John Hulme is based in Oswestry and heads the West Midlands practice with ‘integrity and sheer persistence’. He acts alongside litigation executive and ‘safe pair of hands’ Rob Jones, who is a ‘most shrewd and able operator’. The team was recently instructed to handle serious high-value road traffic accident cases in which claimants sustained life-altering brain and orthopaedic injuries. Solicitor Claire Parfitt is also recommended.

The key contacts for personal injury work at Knights Professional Services Limited are consultant Justin Deacon and senior associate Richard Harris. They represent clients in a variety of complex, high-value claims including occupational health and criminal injury cases.

Shoosmiths LLP’s Sara Huntmaintains a high standard of efficiency and helpfulness’ and heads the Birmingham practice. Hunt focuses on asbestos-related disease claims and has substantial experience in fast-track court procedures. Kate Price – who joined the firm from Attwood Solicitors – is assisting Hunt with a claim concerning a fractured leg sustained at a leisure centre. Garret Spring, who recently joined the team from NewLaw Solicitors where he was head of occupational disease, is acting for claimants in relation to workplace accidents, including a fatal mesothelioma claim.

The Birmingham office of Simpson Millar LLP has ‘an efficient and well-run team’ led by Howard Davies, who ‘brings a wealth of expertise and good judgement to every case that comes his way’. The serious injury team recently handled a catastrophic road traffic accident in which the client suffered a double leg amputation, and David Erwin represented an individual who sustained a severe brain injury and several life-altering physical disabilities following a car accident, which was further complicated by a dispute over liability. The firm also handles employers’ liability matter, recently acting for a client who had fallen from a ladder while at work; the employer accepted primary liability but alleged significant contributory negligence on the part of the client. Other notable work included a road traffic accident in which a young child suffered catastrophic and life-altering brain and orthopaedic injuries, and representing a soldier with regards to a condition sustained during a military exercise.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP’s Richard Johnson specialises in injury at work cases and oversees the road traffic accident unit. He previously secured over £1m in compensation for a client who suffered partial paralysis when a concrete block fell on his head at work, and represented a woman who sustained life-altering fractures in a car collision. Karl De-Loyde has advised clients with regards to injuries sustained in the operating of heavy machinery, namely in the construction sector.

At Thursfields Solicitors, senior associate and brain injury and amputation injuries specialist Bernadette Mackie represented an individual who was injured in an explosion at his workplace. Mackie also acted for a claimant who pursued criminal personal injury charges following an assault in which she sustained a severe brain injury. Other notable cases included advising a client with regards to injuries sustained in a dog attack, and representing claimants in high-value road traffic accident cases.

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